Book Review: Kidding Ourselves

Edge Induced Cohesion

Kidding Ourselves:  The Hidden Power Of Self-Deception, by Joseph T. Hallinan

This book is sort of the flip side of the author’s previous book on why we make mistakes.  This is the sort of book that happens fairly organically for a writer.  First one researches a subject in great detail, and then one finds that in the course of doing one’s original research one has enough or almost enough material for another book that is related to the previous one but has a slightly different focus.  So David McCullough turned his scraps from a John Adams biography into a thoughtful discussion of the year of America’s Declaration of Independence, and so Joseph Hallinan turns his scraps on mistakes people make to the way in which the systematic biases of the overly optimistic and self-deluded mind are in fact a good thing and that given that we need confidence to survive…

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My name is James Pate. This blog is about my journey. I read books. I watch movies and TV shows. I go to church. I try to find meaning. And, when I can’t do that, I just talk about stuff that I find interesting. I have degrees in fields of religious studies. I have an M.Phil. in the History of Biblical Interpretation from Hebrew Union College in Cincinnati, Ohio. I also have an M.A. in Hebrew Bible from Jewish Theological Seminary, an M.Div. from Harvard Divinity School, and a B.A. from DePauw University.
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